With online brands such as Xiaomi, Motorola, OnePlus and others carving out a larger share of the global smartphone pie in recent years, Samsung Electronics has lost significant market share at the mid-range, especially in developing economies like China and India. In an effort to better compete with such companies, the South Korean tech giant last year launched its own online-exclusive range, called ‘Galaxy On’. As part of the lineup, the company released a couple of lower mid-range handsets called the Galaxy On5 and the Galaxy On7. Although not technically as powerful as some of the Chinese devices available at that price, both the Galaxy On phones came with significantly more performance-oriented hardware than what you had normally come to expect from the company at that price-range.
While the two devices helped Samsung establish an online presence in some key emerging markets, the devices have been getting a bit old, and rumors about their replacements have been swirling around for some time now. While the 2016 editions of the Galaxy On5 and the Galaxy On7 have both been cleared by China’s electronics certification agency, TENAA, the Galaxy On7 (2016) is the one that has now apparently been certified by the FCC as well. The device is expected to be the more premium of the two, and according to the FCC documents, will come with model numbers SM-G610F/DD and SM-G610F/DS, with the ‘DS’ very likely standing for ‘dual SIM’. The device will also have a 3,300mAh battery. While an Exynos variant of the handset (SM-610F) was earlier listed on Geekbench, the one listed on TENAA is apparently powered by a Qualcomm chip.
Meanwhile, a few other details are now also in public domain, thanks to the FCC listing. That includes the measurements of the upcoming device and the fact that it will support Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n (HT20), Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct (2.4 GHz), 4G LTE (FDD Band 5) and Bluetooth v4.1. The upcoming Galaxy On7 (2016) will apparently measure 151.5mm in length, 74.9mm in width and 8.0 mm in thickness. Most interestingly, the device is also mentioned specifically as the Galaxy On7 (2016) on the FCC documents, leaving no real doubt about its identity. While the FCC listing doesn’t give away a whole lot more, the earlier listing on the TENAA website revealed a bit more info about the device. The Galaxy On7 (2016) will apparently run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box and come with a 5.5-inch 1080p TFT display, a Snapdragon 625 SoC, 3GB of RAM and 32GB built-in storage. The device is also expected to sport a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, an 8-megapixel front facing camera and have a fingerprint scanner integrated into the physical home button on the front.